• Aim

    The aim of the course is to obtain a CPL (H) and allow you to operate as a co-pilot on multi-pilot, multi-engine helicopters in commercial air transport, limited to visual flight rules (VFR) privileges.

    Your theoretical knowledge and examinations will be of the level required for the issue of an ATPL (H) once you have completed the necessary flying experience and skills tests to upgrade your licence.

    Theoretical knowledge training

    You will need to complete at least 650 hours of theoretical knowledge training, plus at least 20 hours for Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC).

    Theoretical knowledge examination

    You will need to pass an exam to demonstrate an appropriate level of theoretical knowledge.

    Flying training

    Requirement Required number of hours Crediting for previous experience
    Total flying training at least 150 hours which including all progress tests If you hold an ICAO compliant PPL(H), 50% of the hours flown can be credited, up to a maximum of 40 hours, of which up to 20 hours can be dual instruction, or 50 hours, of which up to 25 hours may be dual instruction, if you have a helicopter night rating

    The total flying training requirement (above) must include the following components:

    • Dual instruction
      • Visual instruction
      • Instrument instruction
      • MCC
    • PIC
    • Cross-country flying
    • Night flying
    • Instrument time

    Exact hour requirements for each of these components are set out below.

    Dual instruction requirements

    You will need to complete 95 hours’ dual visual instruction, including the following components:

    Dual instruction – visual instruction

    75 hours of the total dual instruction requirement must be visual instruction, which may include one of the four options in below:

    Simulator/aircraft category Hours allowed
    Helicopter FFS, level C/D 30
    FTD 2, 3 25
    FNPT II/III 20
    Aeroplane or touring motor glider (TMG) 20

    Dual instruction – instrument instruction

    10 hours of the basic instrument instruction, which may include up to 5 hours in a helicopter FNPT I, or an aeroplane.

    Dual instruction – MCC

    10 hours of the total dual instruction requirement must be MCC instruction, for which a helicopter FFS, FTD 2,3 (MCC) or FNPT II/III (MCC) may be used.

    If the helicopter used for flying training is different from the helicopter FFS used for visual training, the credit will be limited to that allocated for an FNTP II/III.

    Remaining requirements

    Requirement Required number of hours
    PIC 55 hours as PIC, of which 40 hours may be as student pilot-in-command (SPIC) and at least 14 hours solo day and 1 hour solo night flight.
    Cross-country flying 50 hours, including at least 10 hours of cross country flight as SPIC, including a VFR cross-country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM), which should also include full stop landings at two aerodromes different from that of departure.
    Night flying 5 hours, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction and 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo night circuits, each of which must include a take-off and landing.

    Skill test

    Your skill test must be taken after completing the course on a multi-engine helicopter and comply with MCC requirements.